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LibreOffice coming to Android

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LibreOffice coming to Android
LibreOffice is now the standard office client for Linux machines after it forked out of Open Office, and good news is that as developers are working on version 3.6.0 of LibreOffice for desktop, the mobile veresion for Android is on being developed in parallel.

The team is “working hard to make a nice viewer out of LibreOffice for Android,” Linux desktop architect at SUSE Michael Meeks said. Meeks is the person running the LibreOffice development effort.

For now, “almost the entire code-base cross-compiles out of the box,” and it compiles “acceptably.” We don't think this applies to the actual performance though, as the version is far from being final. It is barely usable on a tablet in fact, even with a keyboard and mouse.

A number of improvements will be introduced to the mobile version of LibreOffice and one of them is tiled page rendering which will allow quickly and asynchronously rendering a specific part of the document for a better user experience.

So far, though, the team is mostly focused on delivering a viewer, with editing functionality planned to be added later on. When the final version hits mobile app catalogs, expect to see “tons of UI/viewer improvements, 3D transitions, pretty page flips, and more,” Meeks concluded.

source: Michael Meeks via PC World

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posted on 06 Jul 2012, 07:32 1

1. snowgator (Posts: 3160; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


I have never heard of this. Is it comparable to Microsoft Office? Or something else and I misunderstood?

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 07:46 1

2. Aeires (unregistered)


Me either. My office app of choice is Documents To Go, but I'll take a look at this to see what it's about.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 08:05 3

3. dickwyn (Posts: 553; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Ive heard of it. It is like an open soirce word procesor similar to open ofice and uses the open office base

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 15:50

5. jhattara (Posts: 30; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


It's the latest incarnation of the open source office suite that started with StarOffice and later became OpenOffice. Currently the office suite to choose, if you don't want to pay for the Microsoft's Office or use an incompatible operating system.

posted on 06 Jul 2012, 08:20 4

4. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


This is the standard office program for Ubuntu and I hear it's really good.

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 09:36

6. vivzek (Posts: 23; Member since: 03 Jul 2012)


Kingsoft office is the best office doc viewer/editor on the Android platform that I have ever used, and I have used a lot of them..

posted on 07 Jul 2012, 16:01 1

7. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, it include this office app which reminds me a lot of Office 2003.

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